Chameleon Academy Podcast Archives – Season 1

microclimates and gradients

How do we make for a content chameleon? The answer is to create not only microclimates, but also gradients between those microclimates. We want to give our chameleons the most choices in temperature, humidity, UVB, and privacy as possible.  By allowing our chameleon to choose where they are most comfortable we are putting chameleon care, at least partially, in the hands of the undisputed expert – your chameleon.  All we have to do is give him the tools to work with.  This episode of the Chameleon Breeder Podcast discusses just that.

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surprise chameleons

Today’s episode 002 is titled Surprise! Chameleon Babies!! Yay!…Yikes!! In honor of all the emotions we go through when baby chameleons hatch or are born. But, you ask, what is the Yikes in there for? Aren’t breeders all prepared for hatch date? Perhaps, but then there are the ones that are surprised by eggs hatching two months before estimated hatch date and then there are the livebearers that can give birth at any inconvenient time – such as 9 months after you have brought back a single female Jackson’s chameleon from the show with no intention of ever breeding her!  You walk down the stairs one morning and instead of a nice cup of coffee waiting for you, you find a cage full of baby chameleons staring at you and one tired momma. Whoa! Talk about needing to find an accelerated crash course in baby chameleon care! I can’t say we will cover everything here, but we will touch on the important parts and make sure you are off to a good start!

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Vacations and holidays are wonderful things and we all need the down time to sample exotic cuisines, but for chameleon people there is always a stress that comes along with the excitement…how do I take care of my chameleon? Chameleons are wonderful, but they do take daily maintenance and, as hardy as they are, we do not like it when our friends go without. So, in honor of the coming holidays, we are, today, going to talk about leaving your chameleon for four days to two weeks and how to pull that off. If you do it right, the worst that will happen is that you’ll feel a low grade stress and your chameleon is still sitting on his same branch, a couple grams heavier, looking at you when you walk back in the door.

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Briana Kammer

From the podcast:

“Welcome to Episode 004. I have a special treat for you. Briana Kammer, of Kammerflage Kreations is here in the studio. For those that don’t know her, Briana is the customer and social media interface for the most successful and long running chameleon breeding operation, Kammerflage Kreations. If you call Kammerflage chances are you will speak with Briana. Of all the people in the chameleon world, she is likely the one that has the most experience helping first time chameleon keepers get started.

Today we are going to talk about what it is like being a beginner and the challenges and questions first time chameleon keepers have these days.”

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Alec O'Brien Vet Tech

Explore what a career as a Veterinary Technician is like! We speak with Alec O’Brien who works as a vet tech and gives us an inside view of his job and life.  Have you considered a career with animals? Listen in and decide whether a Vet Tech is a direction for you!

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Chameleons and Stress

Explore the relationship between chameleons and stress.  We go over the three stress zones: Comfort, tolerance, and intolerance and then delve into different kinds of stress including stress spikes, internal physical stress, external physical stress, and emotional stress.  Most importantly, we go over the communication that chameleons give you to show that something is not right.  We often miss these because we don’t speak chameleon!  Well, this is your first lesson in chameleon speak!  By learning the signs of stress you are well versed to eliminate it as much as is possible from your chameleon’s life!

Chameleons and Stress

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Should I Breed Chameleons?

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Interview with Bill Strand

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Chameleons and water

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Chameleons and Drainage

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Exotic Feeders

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Reptile & Relationships

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Exotic Feeders

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Carpet Chameleons

Carpet chameleons are a small species from Madagascar that are named for the intricately beautiful patterns they show. This species has the characteristic of being one of the few where the female is more colorful than the male. Breeding these jewels was, at one time, problematic and there were only brief pockets of success in the community. Kevin Stanford has spearheaded the effort for breeding success and is now working with 6th Captive Generation specimens.

While forward movement is always built on the backs of those who have gone before us and is fanned by those who work with us, there is often one person whose efforts become a catalyst for the community. In carpet chameleons, that has been Kevin Stanford.  In this episode we talk with Kevin about his methods for successfully breeding carpet chameleons and his journey to get to this point.

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Stick Insects

Stick insects are one of the most fascinating of the insects chameleon keepers use as feeders.  Whether you use them as feeders or, like the rest of us, find that we’d rather keep them as pets, you’ll find out here how to take care of them.  From the bizarre Australian Stick Insect to the huge Green Bean Insect to the cryptic leaf insect, you’ll find no end to the wonder of stick insects!

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